By Don Jurries

SIGG Water Bottles

Having a lengthy debate about the merits of reusable water bottles seems an unlikely conversation piece, but it happened last weekend. A Mexican-South African couple came to visit our country property in Australia. The wife nonchalantly plonked a beautifully designed SIGG bottle onto our counter that she’d brought on the drive down from Canberra, and the debate was on.

I have three SIGG bottles and they travel with me just about everywhere – on hikes, picnics, in the car, and even to the horse races. The essence of the debate was which merits of the SIGG bottle we thought the best.

SIGG bottles are still manufactured in Switzerland, which puts the water bottle at the premium end of the market, but ensures quality. The reusable water bottles are made from a single piece of pure aluminum to form a seamless, leak-proof product.

SIGG has also created the EcoCare liner, an ultra-thin (40 micron thick) baked-on powder, dispersed across the interior of the water bottle using an electrostatic process that adds to its durability. The lining ensures there is no metallic aftertaste and is resistant to fruit acids and isotonic drinks.

Thankfully, SIGG no longer uses Bisphenol A (BPA), a potentially toxic organic chemical compound found in some plastics and resins. SIGG claims to be an environmentally-friendly company and aims to manufacture the water bottles so they are 100% recyclable.

Our friends were indeed in favor of the taste-neutral interior coating, but were also impressed with the multitude of beautiful designs available on SIGG bottles. SIGG releases new designs every year and has several limited edition ranges. SIGG bottles are also part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Damaged SIGG Water Bottle

My argument, however, was simply its resilience. My wife bought our first SIGG bottle in Switzerland about 4 years ago. I’ve since dropped it multiple times, accidentally smashed it against rocks while climbing, and abused it while hiking. My wife was so upset with how rough I’ve been to the water bottle (pictured above) that SIGG was kind enough at the Outdoor Retailer trade show to give me an identical replacement that might get me out of the dog house.

The only downside is the lack of an extensive thermos range, though you can purchase SIGG insulating sleeves. SIGG reusable water bottles are available in over 40 countries and retail from about $18 for the 0.3 Litre (10 oz.) size up to around $30 for the 1.5L (50 oz.) bottle.

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  1. There has never been a question about the durability of Sigg bottles. I own several myself that have been in use for several decades.

    However, when touting their (justifiable) claims of being an “environmentally friendly company”, Sigg’s own recent, embarrassing, shameful and expensive (for them) product scandal should not also be overlooked.

    In a nutshell, Sigg claimed that their bottles contained no BPA when they, in fact, did. Furthermore, the company’s executives knew this truth but intentionally sat on the information.

    There are a lot of sources for cites of this on Google, but the easiest would be to just look at this link:

  2. Thanks Joe and Amy for your comments. Yes, SIGG did not handle the BPA issue very well to say the least given what they knew back in 2006. The scandal lasted well into 2009 until the company finally apologised. Even then, third party resellers still had access to the old bottles. The consequences were severe. Patagonia abandoned its SIGG relationship and SIGG’s US distributor eventually went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    As noted in my article, the EcoCare liner (from August 2008) was designed to eliminate BPA from the SIGG bottles. Even its introduction had some problems, though, as the liner was chipping near the lid on some early bottles. The new liner, however, seems to have helped and I’ve seen a lot more positive reviews. I personally love the product and use it regularly.

    For those who still have older bottles, please check out the color of the liner. If it’s copper colored, it’s the old version. If it’s cream, it’s the new liner. This ehow website has a photo (the bottle exchange program noted in the article has long since expired).

    Thanks again for your comments.

  3. Try Flaska glass water bottle. It’s made of hard glass, neoprene protected and it actually changes tap water in 5 minutes. There’s a special scientific information imprinted in its glass which changes water clusters, makes it softer and reduces level of chemicals for 45% (proved by Allium tests)!

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